The winter weather is veering its end and as the seasons’ change and the weather begins to warm up, many are thinking about the summer embellishments they wish to add to their vehicle. The switch from winter tires back to all-seasons is a key indicator that warm weather and clear roads are near, and thus, many consider other changes to their vehicle. One thing that many people look forward to come the spring/summer months is the ability to open their sunroof and coast away with the natural breeze upon them. Although sunroofs provide an aesthetic appeal to a vehicle, they boast many benefits as well. Many new vehicles come with a sunroof, however, if your current vehicle does not have one, the installation of a sunroof can easily be done.
What is the purpose of a sunroof in cars?
Sunroofs come with a multitude of benefits; from aesthetic appeal to functionality. In regards to aesthetics, sunroofs give off the illusion of a bigger interior – the more natural light entering the vehicle, the most you can see. If you or your passengers feel cramped from time to time in your vehicle, the sunroof can aid in creating an illusive interior. A sunroof can also give the vehicle in its entirety an enhanced look – not just on the inside!
In regards to functionality, sunroofs bring in a good amount of natural air into your vehicle. When coasting down the road, the natural air creates a cooling effect. Many people utilize their sunroof in replacement of their vehicles air conditioning; preserving the battery and fuel economy of the vehicle.
How much does it cost to install a sunroof?
The cost of installation depends on the year, make, and model of a vehicle. Some vehicles require extra effort when installing sunroofs due to their design, whilst others are quite simple. Installing a sunroof can run you anywhere from $500-$2,00, respectively, depending on your vehicle and the intricacy needed for installation. The type of roof you would like will also determine the final cost. Many people are choosing moonroofs which are typically larger and require a different installation process. Due to the potential increase in size and variation of installation, these will run you a bit more; $1,000-$2,000, respectively.
It’s also important to note that installing a sunroof can actually aid in increasing your vehicles overall value should you choose to sell it down the road. A sunroof is considered a luxury feature for a vehicle, thus, people will spend more on a vehicle already possessing one.
What is the difference between a moonroof and a sunroof?
Prior to making your decision to have a sunroof installed in your vehicle, it is important to research which type you would like. A moonroof is a type of sunroof, however, it boasts different characteristics than a standard sunroof.
A standard sunroof is typically a smaller, body-coloured panel that can be manually or automatically adjusted. The panel can also be removed if desired.
A moonroof possesses a sliding, tinted glass panel that can be adjusted manually or automatically, but not removed completely.
A panoramic moonroof is made the same way a typical moonroof is but covers a larger portion of the vehicles interior cabin. The panel over the front two seats will slide open, however, the rear stays fixed.
How long does it take to install a sunroof?
Similar to pricing, the duration of the installation process depends on the vehicle. The more intricate a vehicle’s roof is, the longer the process. The type of sunroof is also a factor in determining the time spent on installation. Panoramic moonroofs tend to take longer than standard sunroofs, for example. Typically, the standard installation process falls between 60-90 minutes.
How much does it cost to replace sunroof glass?
If your car already has a sunroof but there is damage to it, it’s imperative you get it repaired. A damaged sunroof can be a safety hazard and functions may be limited. The cost of repair depends on the extent of the damage to the glass. If the damage is no more than a small chip, a simple repair would be done, typically priced around $100-$200, respectively. If the damage is significant, however, the entire glass panel may need to be replaced. A replacement typically costs $300-$1,000, respectively. A final cost cannot be determined until the damage is looked at, ergo, it’s important to bring your vehicle in as soon as possible if you notice any damage to your sunroof so we can price it accordingly and repair/replace it!
With the warmer weather fast approaching, don’t wait until the last minute to get a sunroof installed in your ride so you can enjoy the nice, warm breeze the hot months have to offer. Contact us today for your sunroof needs!
Tags: auto glass repair, sunroof installation
This post was written by Speers Auto Glass Staff